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Jacques Derrida
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Jackie Élie Derrida

(1930-07-15)July 15, 1930
El Biar, French Algeria
Died October 9, 2004(2004-10-09) (aged 74)
Paris, France
Education B.A., M.A., Dr. cand.: École Normale Supérieure
Postgraduate studies: Harvard University
DrE: University of Paris
Marguerite Aucouturier (m. 1957–2004)
Era 20th-century philosophy
Region Western philosophy
  • Continental philosophy
  • Post-structuralism
  • Deconstruction
  • Radical hermeneutics
Notable ideas
  • Deconstruction
  • différance
  • phallogocentrism
  • free play
  • arche-writing
  • metaphysics of presence
  • invagination
  • pharmakon
  • trace
  • hauntology
  • sous rature
  • khôra

Jacques Derrida (15 July 1930 - 9 October 2004) was a French philosopher. He was born in El Biar, French Algeria into a Sephardic Jewish family originally from Toledo, Spain. He developed a form of semiotic analysis known as deconstruction. His work is called post-structualism and associated with postmodern philosophy.

During his career Derrida published more than 40 books, together with hundreds of essays and public presentations. He had a significant influence upon the humanities and social sciences, including philosophy, literature, law, anthropology, historiography, applied linguistics, sociolinguistics, psychoanalysis and political theory.

Derrida died of pancreatic cancer in a Paris hospital on October 9, 2004. He was 74 years old.

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